You pray about what matters to you.
And you pray with those who matter to you.
Here are three reasons why KidMin leaders need to pray together:
1. Because prayer meets needs.
The apostle Paul wasn’t shy about asking for help.
In his letter to the Colossians, Paul asks the church to “continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ” (Colossians 4:2-3).
Don’t think that asking others to pray for the material needs of your ministry is petty or out of line. It’s rare for pastors, leaders, or parents to have every resource they need.
Now before you dash off a church-wide email about dwindling supply of Goldfish® crackers, realize how simple prayer actually is: It could mean a few extra leaders to help out with a youth event. It could be finances for a curriculum, or a series of study guides. It’s entirely possible God will use someone who’s praying with you to help meet your need personally.
2. Because prayer leads.
Paul prayed like a visionary.
In Philippians 1:9, Paul prays that the Philippians’ “love may abound more and more with knowledge and all discernment” (Philippians 1:9).
Do you hear the vision in his prayer?
Think about how vision fits into children’s and youth ministry. As you watch the children you serve grow into young adults, commit to praying their love would grow along with their knowledge of God that He can direct them in how to live. That’s a huge need for young adults. Enlist others to help pray with you.
Later, Paul’s says to his co-laborer Philemon, “I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ” (Philemon 6). What’s he saying? Paul hopes Philemon’s faith (the faith he and Paul share together) will give him confidence to enjoy everything God gave him.
Boom. Vision casting. Again.
Imagine translating Paul’s prayer for the children or youth in your church: “As you learn more about Jesus ‒ the same Jesus I know ‒ I pray you’ll grow more confident to do what He wants you to do and go where He wants you to go.”
Everyone can benefit from vision-casting prayer.
3. Because prayer restores hope.
Paul’s letter to the Philippians is probably known as his sweetest: A leader separated from his most beloved church by a harsh prison sentence.
Paul makes it clear the church’s prayers are a life raft for him ‒ keeping him afloat in discouraging times, as he says, “For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance” (Philippians 1:19).
No one likes to be a burden. But every pastor, leader, and parent feels overwhelmed at times. A well-timed prayer can be incredibly life-giving and restoring.
Consider what would have happened if Paul hadn’t let the Philippian church know he needed their encouragement. Over time, they would have missed the opportunity to share in his joys, pains, and concerns.
According to Paul, they were, “partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel” (Philippians 1:7). That came because of their personal connection to his needs.
Your ministry is important. And important things need prayer.
Here’s to leaders who pray together.